By Kibet Tobias
Self-review is an important part of work performance in one’s career.
It can give you goals you can aim for in the following week, month and even year. It also generally shows your boss that you take your job seriously, even if there are some things you could certainly improve on.
So far it’s worked out for me and it can also work well for you. Here are 4 simple ways to do a self-review without waiting for your boss to do it.
1. Write down What You Do, and What You Should Be Doing
The first thing is to get a clear picture on what you actually do daily.
Compare what you have with what your job description requires you to do.
Take some time also to write down your regular responsibilities while including all of the things that make your position what it is.
You can also include all other things your boss or colleagues charge you with. Those are the “other duties as assigned.”
If you are always given other duties by colleagues, then it means you have unique skills that make you the best for the job.
2. Review Yourself from Your Boss’s Perspectives
How well do you think you’ve performed the last 3 months or year?
It may be an irritating question as it, but remember, you are the only person with the answer. Are you honest with yourself? Get your thoughts about your overall performance.
Do you think you have improved? Think of the skills you have learned and how you can also improve your job.
What are some of your biggest achievements this year? Think hard about it and list them all. This will show how valuable you are to the company overall.
Are you more energetic now to take a more challenging task? Think of your goals for the coming month?
3. Identify Your Pain Points and Bring Them Up To Your Boss
Probably you’ve reviewed where you do well, where you are failing, and compared it to your job description and what you are expected of.
Note down the things that you hate about your job if any. These should be the functional things that you and your boss can sort out.
Identify the career problems that you could be facing at work. Approach your manager with the list, and remember to have solutions in mind that you can propose. Most likely your boss is willing to help.
4. Keep a Work Diary and Get Regular Feedback
It is not a difficult task as it sounds. Self-review requires you to do most of what you’ve never done before. It is time to start keeping a work diary.
However, if you and your manager communicate often, it is a plus for you. If you can talk face to face with him, ask them about what they think about your performance. They will be honest with you.
Take the feedback positively and use it to develop yourself.
Some managers may even suggest what you should do to boost your performance. By doing this you’ll easily identify the things you love or hate about your job.
As you go to work every day between 8 am and 6 pm, take control of your professional life and give it some direction. This is why knowing where you’re going and what you’re doing is the greatest way to enjoy your career.